Roster depth is the name of the game for the Oakland Athletics, and when a guy like outfielder Casper Wells becomes available at a low cost, the A's are prepared to pounce. On Monday they acquired Wells, 28, from the Toronto Blue Jays for cash considerations. Injured second baseman Scott Sizemore has been placed on the 60-day disabled list to open up a 40-man roster spot for Wells.
Wells, a right-handed hitter, will be placed on the A's 25-man roster when he arrives in Boston. A corresponding roster move has yet to be announced, but it is likely the team will be sending recently recalled outfielder Michael Taylor back to Triple-A.
Wells played left, right, and center field for the Mariners in 2012 and tallied a team-leading eight outfield assists. Last season he hit .228 in 93 games with 12 doubles, three triples, 10 home runs, 36 RBI and 26 walks. He is a career .264 hitter against left-handed pitching, and a .230 hitter against righties. He could be used in a platoon role.
Wells played the spring with the Mariners, but was designated for assignment the day before Opening Day. The Toronto Blue Jays claimed him and he never appeared in a game before he was designated for assignment on April 15. He spent a total of three days on the Jays roster.
Yoenis Cespedes is eligible to return from the disabled list on April 28, from a left hand strain. When he returns, Wells likely won't have a spot. This could be another short stay for Wells, who has been moved an awful lot lately.
It's a strange coincidence that Wells is taking Sizemore's spot on the 40-man roster. They played together in Detroit's minor league system, and Wells was a groomsman in Sizemore's wedding.